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Photography and Video
Chris joins Leo to review our latest assignment ... TEXTURE!
Doug is a singing voice teacher who recently upgraded his MacAir with the new Apple M1 design. Leo says that Doug is the ideal candidate for the M1. But what Doug is experiencing is issues with his backups being restored. What Leo recommends is to use the old computer to upload all your photos and videos to iCloud. Use the most recent version you can. The way the old iPhoto used to store them is in a big blob. Go to the Pictures folder and R/C on the library. Select "open contents." There you will see the original photos folder. Copy that over.
Mark upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Now he needs some cheap, but easy to use video editing software to edit his family home movies and digitize them. Leo says that since Windows dropped Windows Movie Maker, there isn't one available native to the OS anymore. But there are better alternatives out there. Leo recommends Adobe Premiere Elements. It's capable and under $100. A great version that has about 80% the tools of the professional Creative Cloud version.
Richard is a night sky photographer, and he uses photoshop to create time lapses. He would like to apply the same photo settings to thousands of images he has already taken. Is there a batch mode that can do that? The chatroom says that there is a tool called PixInsight (Windows, macOS X, Linux), which has scripting that can perform that task. There's also a handy color management tool. There's also LR TimeLapse.
Chris joins Leo to discuss the use of size in photography. Size can change what we think of a subject. Small things that look big or big things that look small can really change how we see a subject. Using contrasting sizes can showcase the relationship between the two.
Here's today's gallery:
Deborah is thinking of buying a thumbdrive called PhotoVault. Leo says that you don't really need them. They are overpriced. It's just a thumdrive with special software. You don't need that when you can go in the Cloud with Google Photos, Amazon Prime Photos, and even iCloud.
Micah wants to talk about Google's decision to eliminate free unlimited storage in June of 2021. Moving forward, your storage will come out of your Google Drive allotment, which is 15GB free. After that, you will have to pay for additional storage. The good news though, is until June 2021, you can continue to upload unlimited, and it won't count against your allotment. But starting June 2021, any additional photos will be subject to the new rules. So users will have to consider whether to keep their photos there and pay for additional storage or move on to another option.
Today, Chris talks to Leo about the use of space in photography. Space gives the user control over where things fit in a photo.
Here are some examples:
He's also talking with Leo through a new app called OBS Ninja. Great for doing remote video podcasting.
Chris joins Leo to talk about shooting images in black and white, vs. color. Color can be distracting, or can really pop when used for effect.
Black and White can also accentuate the light in soft shadows.
Here are some pictures:
Bill has thousands of images on CDs. Is that the safest way to keep them? Leo says Bill wants to get them all in the cloud ASAP. Burned CDs can oxidize and stop working over time. Sometimes within a year. So he wants to have other options, including putting them online.